AGM Notice and Agenda 2014

Re: NOTICE OF THE UGANDA WILDLIFE SOCIEY 14TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON MONDAY THE 28th OF APRIL 2014 AT HOTEL AFRICANA STARTING AT 1.00PM.

Members, within provisions of the Uganda Wildlife Society Constitution, this is to notify you that the Uganda Wildlife Society Annual General Meeting (the 14th) will take place on Monday the 28th of April 2014 at Hotel Africana starting at 1.00 PM. The Executive Committee Report to AGM 2014 and the Society Audited Books of Account for 2013 are included in this communication for your preparation to participate in the AGM. As you may already be aware, the current executive committee’s term will be ending and therefore we will be electing members to the Society Executive Committee 2014-2016 at the AGM. Therefore, nomination form is included in this communication for your action.For those of you interested in becoming members of the executive committee and would like to present yourself for election, please take note of the following constitutional requirements:

1. A paid up member of the Society has to nominate you.
2. Two other paid up members of the Society have to second your nomination.
3. You the nominated person must endorse the nomination to show your willingness to serve the Society if elected.
4. You must also be up-to-date member – paid your membership subscription for 2014.
5. Dully signed nomination form should be submitted to the executive secretary at least fourteen days before the date of the Society annual general meeting.

All positions in the executive committee will be vacant and so you can be nominated or nominate someone for any position of your interest, from the 9 below;
 Chairperson of the UWS Executive Committee
 Vice Chairperson of the UWS Executive Committee
 Treasure of the UWS Executive Committee
 Members of the UWS Executive Committee (Six positions)I hope that each one of you is making necessary preparation, including paying your membership subscription, in order to attend and participate in the activities of our AGM on the 28th of April 2014. Agenda for the AGM is also included in this communication and the detailed programme for the day will be sent to you soon. I look forward to seeing you all.

Yours sincerely

Dr. Eldad Tukahirwa

Chairman,Uganda Wildlife Society

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Conservation initiatives at UWS

Between February 2013 and April 2013, UWS supplied standard fishing gears to the fisher folk in 9 beach management units (BMUs) in Buliisa.The fisher folk and BMUs in turn signed an MOU to adhere to appropriate fishing practices and restore the fish breeding sites in the Lake Albert.

More on technology, to date, UWS has established six tree nurseries and in these, over 27,000 seedlings of five species are being raised. In collaboration with Buliisa District Local Government, UWS has planted trees in five hectares of privately owned land. The target for tree planting by end of this year is 750 hectares of privately owned land and by 830 households.

Policy influence, Advocacy and Networking at UWS

This year, the Society has so far conducted two public policy dialogues, one of these in collaboration with Environmental Alert and the Makerere University School of Forestry. On the 22nd of February 2013, UWS convened a Public Policy Dialogue at Hotel Africana. Dr. John Makombo, the Director of Conservation at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) was the key speaker.

The day’s theme was How Best Can Uganda’s Wildlife and, Communities Adjacent to Protected Areas Co-Exist in Harmony? Dr.Makombo gave an over view of protected areas /wildlife in Uganda, their contribution to economy and livelihoods, conservation challenges including human-wildlife conflicts and strategies UWA is using to address these and, partnerships involved.

Dr. Makombo’s presentation was followed by that of UWS given by Joel Buyinza, highlighting  UWS research findings, experiences and park adjacent communities consultation. Joel mentioned that simple actions like allowing communities access resources like grass, firewood, poles, papyrus, fish and to plant trees and keep bees in the protected area buffer zones (Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Forest and Bugungu Wildlife Reserves) will go long way into providing incentives to elicit their support and participate in protected areas conservation. The Society has submitted to UWA and is following up on the signing and operationalisation of the above resources access MOUs Buliisa communities developed.

Discussing the presentations, the audience recommended UWA and UWS show how women and youth are benefiting from their interventions, not impose but engage communities in identifying initiatives to resolve issues hampering human-wildlife co-existence, UWA share with communities 20% of total revenue and not just get collections, resettle the Batwa displaced from Bwindi home of the gorilla tours and develop alternative revenue plan just in case tourism income dwindles and oil money is invested elsewhere and not in conservation.

The UWS Strategic Plans

The strategic plan shows what the society will be focusing on, in terms of its activities and other engagements towards analyzing its role in the next years.

Uganda Wildlife Society  Strategic Plan for 2003-2008

UWS strategic plan 2013-2018

UWS Manuals

A MANUAL FOR INDIGENOUS TRAINERS :- REDD TRAINING MANUAL 2013 –> Download here

MANUAL - Empowering Communities for Sustainable Natural Resource Use and Management The Albertine Rift Region

Enabling Albertine Rift Communities and Institutions Understand and Benefit from Uganda’s REDD Process -> Download Here

Enabling Albertine Rift Communities Understand and Benefit from Uganda’s REDD PROCESS, a Strategy for Sustainable Natural Resource Use and Management –> Download here

Financial Policy for Uganda Wildlife Society

This is what guides the financial management in the Organisation.

  1. Uganda Wildlife Society Policy account manual for 2007
  2. Uganda Wildlife Society financial accounting manual -2013